Mindfulness

What is Mindfulness?

 

Mindfulness is a lifetime engagement. The objective of meditation is not to get somewhere else, but to be where and as we actually are in this very moment. Whether the  experience is pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral, one of the keys to healthy and active living is being mindful of one’s environment and actions. Approaching each situation without judgment benefits you every aspect of your life.

What are the benefits of mindfulness?

Meditation is linked to lowering blood pressure and reducing overall arousal and emotional reactivity. A mindful approach to a stressful situation allows for a more rational reaction and a more productive solution. Mindful exercise carries significantly higher health benefits from cardiac health to strength building. Mindful eating improves digestion, absorption of vital nutrients, and curbs indigestion. Osteopathic Wellness Medicine considers mindfulness an integral part of the wellness experience and mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is incorporated into every Osteopathic Wellness Medicine yoga class.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at OWM

 

Maria Kahn conducts regular 8-week MBSR yoga programs for our patients. Concierge wellness patients and new practitioners are welcome. The program brings meditation and yoga together. See our Yoga and Therapy Calendar for upcoming dates.

Does MBSR Work?

Completed studies have found that pain-related drug utilization decreased, and activity levels and feelings of self-esteem increased for a majority of participants. MBSR is an accredited therapy practice offered in over 200 medical centers, hospitals, and clinics around the world. Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn developed the MBSR program n the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 1979. This new form of complementary medicine addresses a variety of health problems. More information on these studies can be found on the University of Massachusetts Medical School website: Center for Mindfulness.

group meditating outdoors with Maria
Maria Kahn, Applied Mindfulness Specialist
Who should practice yoga and mindfulness training?

Everybody! Cultivating greater awareness of the unity of mind and body will benefit you for the rest of your life. Take control over the ways the unconscious thoughts, feelings, and behaviors can undermine emotional, physical, and spiritual health.